“I just need to get away and find some quiet with Him. The noise of the world is clamoring in, making it hard to hear His still small voice—the only voice that makes the real difference. The only voice that brings peace in the midst of the storm.”
That was the message I sent to a friend. She meant well. She offered to call, to talk, even to pray. But my heart longed to be still, to be quiet, and to just listen to Him.
Just moments before I had messaged her, asking for prayer: “I just got hit with a tidal wave of…I guess overwhelm. The car hunt is not going well. We really need a car by this week. School starts for the kids on Monday. We will spend all day Monday and Wednesday at the hospital while my husband has surgery with a PET scan in-between, I’ll work Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. I have three guest blog posts that are due and the words escape me, I have to prep for my Tuesday night teaching, and my neck is in spasm. What I need is quiet. What I need is rest. What I need is time with Him.”
I knew the prescription. I had given it many times before. I had written about it in my book, “Hope Prevails: Insights From a Doctor’s Personal Journey Through Depression.” Whether it’s depression we are facing, or cancer, financial crisis, or any other “storm,” time in His presence must always be a priority.
Scripture tells us that trials will come, but thankfully, it also tells us that He has already overcome those trials. It’s in the midst of those trials that we have a choice to make. We must choose where to give our focus: either on the trial, or on the One who will get us through the trial.
In the midst of life’s storms, and I’ve had my share of them lately, I take comfort from the passage in Matthew 14:
“Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, ‘It’s a ghost!’ But Jesus spoke to them at once. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ he said. ‘Take courage. I am here!’ Then Peter called to him, ‘Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.’ ‘Yes, come,’ Jesus said.” (Matthew 14:24-29).
Whenever I’ve heard a sermon preached on this passage, the emphasis is always on Peter getting out of the boat and walking on the water. Then the story is told of how his faith gets weak and he begins to sink until he returns his eyes to Jesus. But I think a very important part of the story is missed: the earlier part of the story where in the midst of the storm Jesus is waiting and tells Peter, “Yes, come.” Jesus was already waiting for Peter, and He is already waiting for us too.
How often do we go about the busyness of our day, or get stuck in the middle of our storm and frantically search for answers, when all along the very best answer rests in getting away, answering His call to “come,” and spending a few minutes in His presence.
No, it doesn’t take the problem away, but it shifts the perspective from the problem to the problem solver.
God’s peace is not the calm after the storm. It is the steadfastness during it. It is in His presence that we can find peace in the midst of the storm.
Will you take Him up on His invitation to come?
A short brief about Hope Prevails.
Insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression
Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Speaking from personal and professional experience, a neuropsychologist unpacks what depression is, shows how it affects us spiritually, and offers hope for living the abundant life.
Neuropsychologist Offers Hope to Those Struggling with Depression
-By 2020, depression will be our greatest epidemic worldwide
- An estimated 350 million people worldwide suffer from some form of depression
- As with the bestselling My Stroke of Insight, the author experienced the same condition she treats
- Helpful features include personal stories, biblical truths, prayers, and music recommendations
In Hope Prevails, Dr. Bengtson writes with deep compassion and empathy, blending her extensive training and faith, to offer readers a hope that is grounded in God’s love and grace. She helps readers understand what depression is, how it affects them spiritually, and what, by God’s grace, it cannot do. The result is a treatment plan that addresses the whole person—not just chemical imbalances in the brain.
For those who struggle with depression and those that want to help them, Hope Prevails offers real hope for the future.
Hope Prevails is available now wherever books are sold. To find out more, see: http://drmichellebengtson.com/hope-prevails-book/.